Leaked documents have been made available – see below – on proposals and other items for the World Conference on International Telecommunications, where delegates of the International Telecommunication Union, an arm of the United Nations, aim to agree on just how the Internet can be controlled once and for all.
Here are the leaked documents from the conference, courtesy of ‘WCITLeaks’.
a) the agenda and papers for the World Conference on International Telecommunications summit (and documents that relate to preparatory meetings over the last two years),
b) documents relating to the ITU, http
c) documents relating to the Telecommunication/Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum, scheduled to meet in Geneva in May 2013,
d) resources and news on the above
The measures being considered by the Conference, together with the country-by-country measures outlined below (examples from the USA, the UK, Australia and France) clearly indicate that what is now needed is a parallel Internet that will not be under the control of any legislation or government or global authority and will enable information to remain free. Those who have the skills and knowledge to help facilitate such a resource – presumably via a collaboration of anons and leaks sites and offshore hosts – are urged to do so as a matter of urgency. (Before that happens, here is a guide on how to stay anonymous online.)
Cyber-snooping measures being enacted in four countries:
On US Internet snooping
For an update on what has happened with CISPA (legislation designed to remove all legal barriers that prevents Internet companies from giving your communication and information to the government) click here .
There is also the FBI’s Going Dark program, whereby police can place surveillance cameras on private property without a search warrant.
In September, 2012, the US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the 2008 FISA Amendment Act (FAA), but not without attracting criticism from some very concerned parties. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal brief warning, “Under the FAA, the government can target anyone — human rights researchers, academics, attorneys, political activists, journalists — simply because they are foreigners outside the United States, and in the course of its surveillance it can collect Americans’ communications with those individuals.” For more, click here .
Also, a new order, Presidential Policy Directive 20 (PP20), aims to “finalize new rules of engagement that would guide commanders when and how the military can go outside government networks to prevent a cyberattack that could cause significant destruction or casualties.” For more on this, click here .
On UK phone, email and social network monitoring:
As earlier revealed by Darkernet, legislation will allow GCHQ to monitor all web activity, emails, online chat, Skype and VOIP calls within as well as in and out of the UK. The facility will involve the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and be headed by ex-MI6 boss, Charles Farr whose background is found here . The facility will cost £650m, initially, and will see a link up with similar facilities in the USA and Australia. Here is the UK Government plan and here is the wider context . Here are the technical aspects . Here is an article on the role of GCHQ in this facility.
Also, see how the UK Police grabs location data from everyone’s mobile phones.
And what about social network snooping? Well, for some time GCHQ has been gearing up for this and earlier this year advertised for ‘data mining experts’ to develop new search technologies that can trawl the social networking sites to gather intelligence. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK’s intelligence agencies want to know about. And they won’t just be looking at UK traffic. For more on this, click here .
On Australian phone, email and Internet monitoring:
The plan is for telephone and internet data of every Australian to be retained for up to two years and intelligence agencies like ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) to be given increased access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These plans were first revealed in a discussion paper, released by the Attorney-General’s Department earlier this year. To find out more, click here and here and here .
There is also new legislation that will significantly expand the surveillance powers of ASIO to monitor anyone overseas, including Australian citizens, who are considered a threat to “national economic well-being”, “security” or “foreign relations”. For more, click here . To see the details of the legislation, click here .
It is also worth noting that according to the Australian journal, Crikey… “In response to a question from Phillip Ruddock… AGD [Australian Attorney-General Department] had discussed forcing offshore-based encryption providers to disclose encryption keys with other governments. In the event governments are able to negotiate such “mutual assistance” agreements with each other, encryption using decentralised systems like Tor will be the only solution for anyone wishing to preserve basic privacy.”
On French legislation to censor the Internet
Last year it was revealed that an executive order was drafted that would give the French government the power to arbitrarily censor any content or service on the Net. By implementing article 18 of the law for the Digital Economy of June 21st, 2004, the French government is proposing to give to several of its ministries the power to order the censorship of online content that harms or otherwise puts at risk public order and security, the protection of minors, of public health, national defence, or physical persons.
The above covers just four countries. Internet control and monitoring is, of course, already in place in authoritarian/repressive regimes, such as China, Bahrain, Syria and so on…
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